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St. George Marathon - Giving it my all

I meant to post before today, but this week has been chaos and I have been a mess. Dealing with my hip pain has put me on a roller coaster of emotions, but after an x-ray and MRI resulted in a green light from my ortho, I am packed and ready to head south to St. George to run the marathon and meet my goals. Since I have to go get The Princess from school in a few minutes, I'll just say I am going to give it my all. I'll give you more goal specifics in my race report. If you are the praying type, throw in a little prayer that my hip pain eases up as I get going. And if you are running St. George tomorrow too, look for me! I'll be wearing a teal tank and black running skirt. Good luck to everyone running! Everyone else...have a great weekend!

Super Bass, Stereo Hearts and a Party Rock Anthem

The countdown is on. Four days until the St. George Marathon. That means it's time to update the iPod so there's more than two hours of songs on there. A sub-2 hour marathon might be inevitable, but it won't be set by me. Shocking, I know. I figure if I can't run, I'll get ready to run. I shot an email to my doctor this morning to see if there is anything else I can do to help speed things along with my hip since the only times it hurts now is when I first get up in the morning and the Celebrex has worn off or when I try to run. Until I get his response, I will distract myself with music. Last week I got an email of the top ten workout songs for September from Chris at and was pretty excited. Perfect timing for updating my iPod. And I'm letting you in on the list too: Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give Me Everything (Sidney Samson Remix) - 129 BPM Nicki Minaj - Super Bass - 128 BPM Switchfoot - Dark Horses - 83 BPM Gym Class Heroes &

First Foto Friday (and maybe the only one ever)

This is what I'm wearing today. Yes, I added the "NOT." Probably hard to tell because I have such amazing photo editing SKILLZ . I figured the shirt works either way because running does suck because if I didn't love it so much NOT running wouldn't suck so much. I'm not sure how much sense that made or if it even makes sense because I think there is a double negative in there, but hopefully you get the idea. Sorry about the boob shot, but these were some of my other attempts: Sooo, you can't see the words on my shirt and Bean was determined to be in the picture. So I did what I had to do. Boob shot. Apparently I need a camera that zooms out if I'm going to try self portraits. When I downloaded the pics off my camera, I found this: I took it the other day when we got to The Princess' school a little early and were waiting for the first bell to ring. Seriously, she is FIVE! Going on fifteen. And how the real fifteen already scares me! At least once

Things I Love Thursday - Fallin'

I love, love, love, love, love this time of year. It is, hands-down, my favorite. I love that it is dark by 8 pm, and not just because it makes it easier for my girls to go to bed. I love the smells outside. And inside, like my pumpkin candles and pumpkin pies and breads.I love the colors, from the changing of the leaves to the warm fall oranges and browns. I love decorating for the holidays. And watching my girls' excitement when we do. I love the cooler temperatures. I love being able to have the windows open and hear the voices of kids playing and the cows mooing in the field behind our house. I love the cool air coming in while I am sleeping. And I love that the cooler temperatures decided to move south. When I checked the 2-week forecast a few days ago, it showed a high of 92 in St. George on October 1st. Now it's showing the high as 81 with a chance of rain. I'll take the rain if it means I don't have to take the heat. What do you love about this time of year?

Runnerd Stress

I was going to do a whole big post about my massage on Saturday and my healing progress since then, but the bottom line is my hip still hurts when I try to run so I've been cycling and strength training to make me feel like I'm doing something . I am also trying to keep my stress level at a minimum (and failing) as each day brings me one day close to October 1st, marathon day. The one good thing is that I haven't had any pre-race bad dreams, like I usually do, where I wake up and realize the race has already started. We'll just ignore the fact that I'm having dreams about the wedding cake I'm making in November instead, where I wake up the day of the wedding and realize I forgot to make the cake. And now for the real reason you are here...the runnerd giveaway winners. My little Bean chose the winners from here: And here are the answers to the bonus entry questions, just in case you were curious: 1 .On what body part did I have surgery? My foot 2. What do I colle

Are you a runnerd?

Once upon a time, my husband called me a runnerd. I laughed so hard I almost cried. I have since embraced my runnerdness with a Runnerd Shop , Runnerd Facebook Page and Runnerd Blog (although this last one is much-neglected). My runnerdness is also showing up around the house, in the form of a keychain, t-shirt, tech shirt, sticker on my car, etc. And because I wouldn't be the runnerd I am without all of you, I want to spread the runnerd love. Here's what I'm giving away (one winner for each = three winners!): And here us how you can win: Follow my blog (required) - leave a comment letting me know Like the Runnerd Facebook Page (optional) - leave a separate comment letting me know And for bonus entries to win, show me how much of an I Have Runnerd you are and send an email to (do not leave a comment please!) with answers to any or all of the following questions (1 additional entry for each correct answer): On what body part did I have surgery? Wha

Things I Love Thursday - Being a Runnerd

Someone asked my race today; I almost asked which one. I forgot "race" has a non-running meaning. I also saw this today and love it: I just wish I looked like that afterward. And before. This is what I look like during: Yesterday I wore this awesome shirt for a LONG three mile run. I'll get to the run in a minute, after I talk about the shirt. Yes, it is pink. And says runnerd. It also has my name peeking out under my hand (oops). How cool is that? Pretty much a perfect shirt. And it was great for running. In spite of the sweat dripping off my face, the shirt wicked every drop of sweat off by body. And the best thing can get one too. And it doesn't even have to say runnerd on it. Although I don't know why you would want it to say anything else. One of the best parts is how cheap (price, not quality!!) it is. Right now you can get a personalized ULTRA-Lite tech shirt for only for $14.95 from . They'll even add your name (or wha

Watching TV tonight instead of running. You? (And a giveaway winner!)

I'm not a big TV watcher, but I am admittedly excited for the fall shows to start. And the first new show I'm looking forward to starts in 15 minutes, so there's no time to waste. It's time to announce the winner of the Gone for a Run paracord IDmeBAND. And the winner (chosen by is: RACHEL from RUNNING IN REAL LIFE Shoot me an email at and I will respond with the info on how to get your IDmeBAND! And for the rest of you, what fall shows are you looking forward to watching?

Race Report: Spanish Fork Half Marathon

The timer will go off in five minutes for the zucchini bread baking in the oven. So why not blog for five minutes? Plus, I need to do a quick race report, even if it's mostly for myself. Saturday I ran the Spanish Fork Half Marathon, a smaller race about 30 minutes from my house. I signed up for it to get my fourth of four races I needed to complete Run the Slam. Here is my race report in the form of some random thoughts: (Why can't I look normal even when I stop running??) The race was an out-and-back, my first out-and-back half marathon. It was actually an out and back, turn, out and back again, turn, back to the start. The first part was on country roads along a river and the second part was along a paved trail. It was a pretty run with a few walkers and bikers along the way. It was pretty flat. The flattest half I have run. The flatness made me wonder how I would do since it was a new thing for me. My PR (1:52:39) was set on a very downhill course. I finished this race in 1

A race, Rapuzel and other randomness

Because somehow life has been busier the last two weeks than it was during the summer and I have been so bad at blogging lately, you get an awesome Friday post of randomness. My race schedule is getting smaller and smaller. And tomorrow, I will take yet another race off the list. I am running the Spanish Fork Half Marathon. I have no idea what the course is like, but I am excited to be able to just run since I paced my last two half marathons. It is also the final of my four races for Run the Slam . I realized I have Fourth of July and Halloween decorations out. The Fourth of July ones are waiting to be put in the attic when I have the hubs get the Halloween decorations down. And the Halloween decorations that are already out were purchased last week while my mom was here. I posted a giveaway on Wednesday. Have you entered yet? This week I realized I may have a little bit of a crush on Flynn Rider from Tangled . Still trying to decide if that means I have a crush on Zachary Levi, aka

Gone for a (long) Run giveaway

Saturday I ventured out for my last long run before the St. George Marathon. It went really well. I finished in just under 3 1/2 hours. And my race team was faithful as always. The Princess and her daddy brought me a Powerade refill (and my forgotten sunglasses) at 13 miles and then the whole crew (including my mom) brought me some ice cold water an hour later. My stomach cooperated, and I only needed one potty stop at the beginning (mostly because I didn't give myself time for it to happen before I headed out the door). And when I finished, my legs felt pretty good. The only soreness was my IT band, which bothered me off and on toward the end, and my Achilles on both feet, which have been a little tender after my longer runs ever since the uphills on the South Valley Half. But by the next day, any sign of the 22 miles I ran had pretty much subsided. Before I headed out the door, I made sure to put on my ID bracelet. This has become part of my get-ready routine before my outside ru

Things I Love Thursday - The Little Things

Since I don't love that we added a plumbing leak to to the truck and the Rowdy adventures after my last post, I decided I needed to take a minute to focus on some of the things I do love lately. Sweet notes from The Princess. She gave me the one on the left after my half marathon last weekend. It says: Good Job Mom You Did A Wonderful Job. I Love You Mom So Much. Love The Princess. Booking our trip to Hawaii and getting a screaming good deal (even though it took over an hour and three different travel web sites to finally nail it down). Watching my happy girls spin in their new back-to-school clothes! Getting this package in the mail, which means a Runnerd giveaway is coming soon. Very soon. It was going to be in today's post actually, but I'm still waiting for life to slow down just a little.